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Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks Private Expedition
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8 days

from $8,786 AUD trip_detail hint icon

($5,995 USD)

Prices are per person, based on twin share occupancy. The AUD prices are based on USD and calculated at today’s rate of exchange. The expedition price will be finalised at time of booking.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Premium expeditions are led by a National Geographic expert, an expedition team, or top guides, and tap into National Geographic's worldwide resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to sites and experts in the field. Itineraries are fully planned, with some free time. Accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals and activities are included in the trip price.

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Expedition Overview

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Set out on safari with a private guide to seek out bison, grizzlies, and elusive wolves in the Lamar Valley, known as the “Serengeti of North America.”
  • Go glamping just outside the border of Yellowstone, and settle into Bentwood Inn, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World near the base of the towering Tetons.
  • Raft the Snake River on a thrilling white-water adventure or on a leisurely float through Grand Teton National Park.
  • Join your private guide to explore Yellowstone’s otherworldly moonscape of geyser basins brimming with bubbling mud pots, kaleidoscopic mineral pools, and steaming hot springs.
Itinerary

Venture into the wilds of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, where sapphire lakes reflect snow-capped peaks, lone grizzlies and moose forage in the tall grasses, and the Earth steams and spurts with geothermal activity. Hike amid travertine terraces and coral-colored canyons with a private guide, watch geysers gurgle and mud pots boil, and spot the region’s legendary creatures in a variety of ways: on safari in wildlife-rich valleys, during a river-rafting excursion, and more.

Day 1: Arrive Bozeman, Montana

Arrive in Bozeman and independently transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in this lively mountain town filled with breweries, galleries, and bohemian boutiques.

Day 2: Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming

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Meet your private guide and set out for Yellowstone National Park—the world’s first national park, established in 1872. Drive through breathtaking Paradise Valley en route to Mammoth Hot Springs, where thermal waters have sculpted travertine terraces over thousands of years. Stroll amid this otherworldly limestone landscape bathed by the bubbling hot springs. Continue to your glamping accommodations and settle into your furnished tipi, outfitted with a fireplace. Gather around the campfire this evening for s’mores and stargazing.

Day 3: Lamar Valley

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Rise early for a private wildlife-viewing excursion in the Lamar Valley, known as the “Serengeti of North America.” Peer through a spotting scope to find some of the bison, elk, moose, grizzly bears, and gray wolves that inhabit this sweeping landscape, and hear from your guide on the intricacies of its dynamic ecosystem. After lunch in quaint Cooke City, return to the valley for a guided hike. Dine on your own in Gardiner this evening before returning to your glampsite.

Day 4: Norris and Upper Geyser Basins

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Get immersed in Yellowstone’s geothermal wonders during visits to the Norris and Upper Geyser Basins. The basins found throughout the park harbor roughly half of the world’s geysers. In the company of your private guide, learn about these mystical landscapes and follow quiet trails to lesser known sights—gem-colored mineral pools, mud pots that bubble and pop, and steaming fumaroles. Take in the clockwork eruption of Old Faithful, Yellowstone's most iconic geyser, and then continue to our historic hotel on the shores of Yellowstone Lake.

Day 5: Hayden Valley/Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

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Travel to Hayden Valley, tracing the shores of Yellowstone Lake—the largest alpine lake in North America. Upon arrival in the valley, keep your eyes peeled for elk, bison, big-horn sheep, and perhaps a foraging grizzly; and hear from your guide about the 1995 reintroduction of wolves to this landscape. Continue to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, a dramatic chasm that stretches roughly 20 miles. Admire the canyon's dazzling palette of reds and yellows as you hike to the rim to view thundering waterfalls.

Day 6: West Thumb Geyser Basin/Grand Teton National Park

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Depart for Grand Teton National Park, stopping at the West Thumb Geyser Basin to see its steaming fumaroles, geysers, and hot springs. Then take in your first views of the towering Tetons while picnicking in Colter Bay Village. Continue along the scenic Moose-Wilson Road through the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve. At Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, ride the aerial tram to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain for some high-altitude hiking. Later, settle into Bentwood Inn, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World tucked into old-growth forest between the national park and the town of Jackson. This evening, gather with guests for cocktail hour, followed by a four-course gourmet dinner.

Day 7: Snake River

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Choose to join one of two rafting trips along the scenic and wildlife-rich Snake River: a leisurely float through Grand Teton National Park, or a thrilling white-water ride across rapids. This afternoon, meet a lodge naturalist for a private interpretive nature walk in the forests and fields surrounding the lodge—an experience reserved exclusively for National Geographic travelers. Head into town this evening to dine at one of Jackson’s finest restaurants.

Day 8: Grand Teton National Park/Jackson Hole/Depart

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After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Jackson Hole to catch your flight home.

What to Expect

This trip has an activity rating of light\/moderate and suits a range of interests and abilities. Travelers should be physically fit and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods and navigating uneven or slippery terrain. Excursions include walking tours, boat rides, horseback rides, and a variety of hikes for different skill levels.

Accommodations
Throughout the expedition, you’ll stay in accommodations selected for their high quality, location, and character.

Expedition Team
Top private guides will accompany you throughout the trip, and local experts will meet with you along the way as described in the itinerary.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Our accommodations are selected for their exceptional quality, location, and character. Below are several of the accommodations featured on this expedition.

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Bentwood Inn - Jackson Hole, Wyoming

With the Tetons rising on the horizon, the Snake River rushing past, and Jackson just a few miles down the road, the Bentwood Inn, a National Geographic Lodge is a cozy bed and breakfast hewn from lodgepole pines that offers a quintessential Wyoming experience.

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Bentwood Inn - Jackson Hole, Wyoming

With the Tetons rising on the horizon, the Snake River rushing past, and Jackson just a few miles down the road, the Bentwood Inn, a National Geographic Lodge is a cozy bed and breakfast hewn from lodgepole pines that offers a quintessential Wyoming experience.

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Bentwood Inn - Jackson Hole, Wyoming

With the Tetons rising on the horizon, the Snake River rushing past, and Jackson just a few miles down the road, the Bentwood Inn, a National Geographic Lodge is a cozy bed and breakfast hewn from lodgepole pines that offers a quintessential Wyoming experience.

PRICES & DATES

  • date May 15-Oct 1, 2020
  • 2 People $13,623 AUD ($9,295 USD)
  • 4 People $10,252 AUD ($6,995 USD)
  • 6 People $8,786 AUD ($5,995 USD)

Prices are per person based on double occupancy and do not include airfare to/from your destination. Single traveler prices are available upon request. Surcharges may apply to certain travel dates based upon holidays, local events and festivals. The AUD prices are based on USD and calculated at today’s rate of exchange and subject to change. See the terms and conditions for this trip for more information.

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities